The Sacramento City Council has just approved what will be the West Coast’s first ever hospice facility specifically for the homeless.
Not only that, it will only be the eighth facility of its kind in the country.
The facility was unanimously approved on Tuesday night despite receiving some objections from a neighborhood association.
The privately funded $3 million hospice, which will be called Joshua’s House, will provide critical treatment and residential care to homeless individuals suffering from terminal illnesses.
In order to provide the maximum amount of comfort, it will be equipped with 16 to 20 beds, private rooms, a chapel, an indoor garden, skylights, library, and kitchen.
The hospice’s name is dedicated to the grandson of Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, a retired associate professor from the UC Davis School of Medicine. Her grandson, Joshua Lee, died while he was homeless on the streets of Nebraska in 2014.
Joshua’s House is set to open its doors in the River District as early as the end of this year, according to The Sacramento Bee.
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